This is the last weekend before my upcoming weekend in Bali, and I need all the practice I can get with my drone before the trip. So I packed my DJI Mavic Pro in my small LowePro camera bag and headed out to the southside of Hong Kong Island.
I met up with Kung Fu Panda who suggested Cheshire Home as a good vantage point. We parked at the end of Chung Hom Kok Road, and launched the drone from a platform at the barbecue pits in Chung Hom Kok Park. With unobstructed views of the ocean, it was indeed a good place for this purpose.
However, since I had sent the drone off in a direction where it was obscured by the rocks surrounding my location, I was soon getting warnings on my remote control that the signal was weak - on top of those telling me that the winds were strong. I decided not to fly all the way to Round Island and started pulling the drone back. At some point, though, the signal was completely lost - to the point where the live video feed was cut off. This was when the return-to-home mode was automatically triggered, and the Mavic Pro started coming back to its home point. Thankfully there was still plenty of juice left in the batteries, and the drone came back without any problems.
I decided to end the session early since I was meeting a friend for coffee. But even flying the drone for a short while on the south side makes one realize how beautiful Hong Kong is. Imma make it a point to get out to the countryside more this year so I can fly the drone and document the beauty of these territories.